Taiwan vendors, ODMs turn conservative about 2H13 notebook shipments
Jun 19, 15:54
Taiwan-based notebook vendors and ODMs originally expected shipments in the first and second halves of 2013 to be in a ratio of 40:60 or 45:55, but have started turning conservative about their performances in the second half mainly because order visibility is shorter than originally expected, according...
Tablet IC sales to soar in 2013, says IC Insights
Jun 19, 14:03
Ongoing weakness in notebooks will be offset by stronger unit growth of touch-screen tablets - especially smaller-size models with 7- and 8-inch displays - resulting in a 4% increase in IC sales for all types of PC products in 2013, according to IC Insights.
Netronix aims to become largest e-book reader ODM in 3 years, says paper
Newswatch - Jun 18, 14:07
Taiwan-based Netronix shipped about two million e-book readers for a global market share of 10% in 2012 and aims to hike its share to 15-20% in 2013, 25-30% in 2014, and 35-40% in three years to become the world's largest ODM, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Asustek expects 10% sequential drop in 2Q13 notebook and tablet shipments
Jun 18, 10:48
Asustek Computer, originally expected to enjoy sequential growth in notebook shipments and a slight on-quarter drop in tablet shipments in the second quarter, has adjusted both forecasts to a drop of 10%, while its consolidated revenues for the second quarter are also expected to drop from NT$105.2...
Wistron to step into medical inspection instruments
Jun 17, 10:33
Wistron will step into production of non-invasive medical examination instruments by establishing a medical business group by the end of 2013 as well as investing in or acquiring relevant businesses, company chairman Simon Lin has said.
Inventec aims to ship 30 million PC-products in 2014
Jun 14, 12:11
Inventec aims to ship 20 million notebooks and other PC-related products in 2013 and expects shipments to increase 50% to 30 million units in 2014 as the company will start shipping new tablets in the fourth quarter of 2013, while its thin-client and all-in-one PC businesses will both enjoy shipment...
Notebook ODMs bracing for price war
Jun 13, 12:23
Notebook brand vendors have recently started the request-for-quotation (RFQ) process for 2014 orders. But because of the notebook industry's weak shipments and Lenovo increasing in-house production, competition between ODMs are expected to be fierce. Upstream suppliers may also see gross margins fall,...
PS4 components reportedly start shipping in June
Jun 11, 14:57
The upstream supply chain reportedly has already started shipping orders for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) in June, and volumes may reach one million units per month by September for the year-end holidays. Meanwhile, volume shipments for Microsoft's Xbox One are expected to start in the third quarter, according...
Notebook ODMs see mixed revenue performance in May
Jun 11, 14:07
Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron and Inventec have announced their revenues for May 2013 with Quanta achieving NT$61.08 billion (US$2.04 billion), down 0.5% on month and 14.2% on year; Compal NT$53.02 billion, down 7.2% on month, but up 2.8% on year; Wistron NT$58.66 billion, up 15.9% on...
Apple gives a sneak peek of next-generation Mac Pro
Jun 11, 11:16
Apple has showed a sneak peek into the future of the pro desktop with a first look at the next-generation Mac Pro. Designed around a unified thermal core, the Mac Pro introduces a completely new pro desktop architecture and design that is optimized for performance. The new 9.9-inch tall Mac Pro features...
Apple upgrades MacBook Air with fourth-generation Intel Core CPUs
Jun 11, 10:39
Apple has updated MacBook Air with all-day battery life, fourth-generation Intel Core processors with faster graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and flash storage that is up to 45% faster than the previous generation. Apple also introduced redesigned AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations featuring...
US$99 7-inch tablets may appear in 3Q13
Jun 10, 15:54
With Asustek's new 7-inch MeMO Pad HD 7(8GB) priced at around US$129, sources from ODMs believe that other brand vendors are likely to follow suit and US$99 tablets will have a good chance of appearing in the retail channel as soon as the third quarter.
Taiwan players losing advantage in tablet competition
Jun 6, 20:19
Although global tablet demand is expected to grow around 60-70% from 130-140 million units in 2012 to 230-240 million in 2013, surpassing notebook shipments, Taiwan may not be able to share the opportunity and is estimated to only grow 24.5% on year to around 120 million units in 2013, according to...
Synnex Technology May revenues down on month, up on year
Jun 6, 19:27
IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International on June 6 reported consolidated revenues of NT$26.3 billion (US$877 million) for May, decreasing 0.7% on month but increasing 9.1% on year.
Casetek sees fully-packed orders in 2H13
Jun 6, 15:17
Casetek, a chassis subsidiary of Pegatron Technology, is expected to enjoy strong orders in the second half of 2013. Company chairman TH Tung, at a recent investors conference, revealed that the company will not have much time to "sleep" in the second half, implying its production lines will...
China-made tablets compete for spotlight at Computex 2013
Jun 6, 12:53
At the ongoing Computex 2013, a number of China-based companies including Malata, HKC Electronic, Hasee Computer and RightFriend Electronics Technology are showing their tablet products, competing for attention against Taiwan-based vendors such as Acer and Asustek Computer, both of whom have just launched...
DIY market forced to adapt to changing PC market
Jun 6, 12:45
The PC market as a whole is contracting, leaving manufacturers desperate to find transitional opportunities. PC DIY component makers are adapting to the changing market and in general have a positive outlook for the potential of new areas, such as audio-visual products and other types of peripheral...
MSI to push for shipment growth in all product lines in 2013
Jun 5, 20:51
Micro-Star International (MSI) expects its motherboard, graphics card, notebook and tablet shipments to grow significantly on year in 2013 as it has finalized its business organization and new product strategies for the year, according to Charles Jiang, MSI executive vice president.
Google adjusts hardware strategy to expand platform market share
Jun 5, 11:36
According to recent strategy adjustments made by Google, the firm has been shifting focus back to its core business, advertising, and any from developing hardware. After all, Google started out with advertising as its core business, and developing hardware was a method to strengthen the coverage of...
Computex 2013: Asustek and Acer exhibits
Jun 5, 11:31
On the fourth floor of Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, many brands are showcasing their latest products and technologies for Computex 2013 from June 4-8.
SolidWizard Technology scores points in marketing 3D printers for 3D Systems
Jun 4, 21:24
SolidWizard Technology, a Taiwan-based provider of value-added complete system integration and consultation services for software products developed by US-based Dassault Systems SolidWorks, has become a Taiwan sales agent for 3D printers produced by US-based 3D Systems, with revenues so far in 2013...
Bringing 802.11ac to the mainstream: Broadcom VP Rahul Patel talks up 5G Wi-Fi
Jun 4, 21:00
Demand for video, especially high-definition video, is pushing players in the mobile telecom industry to continually seek new ways to increase bandwidth. On the network side, telecoms carriers are rolling out 4G networks to support increasingly large bandwidths for downloading and uploading video to...
Asustek unveils new products for Computex 2013
Jun 4, 15:59
Asustek Computer announced its 6-inch FonePad Note FHD 6 and an upgraded Transformer Pad Infinity at its pre-Computex launch conference on June 3. The company is also set to sell an 8GB version second-generation MeMO in July, priced at US$129 to compete in the 7-inch tablet market.
Touchscreen notebook proportion expected to rise to 40% in 3Q13
Jun 3, 20:21
As vendors will launch more touchscreen notebooks, the proportion of notebooks sold in the Taiwan market with touchscreens is expected to rise from 10-15% in the first half of 2013 to 40% in the third quarter, according to local retail channels.
Taipei heats up for Computex 2013
Jun 3, 19:25
Computex Taipei 2013, which will run from June 4-8, is expected to attract 40,000 international buyers and create business opportunities worth US$25 billion. The show will host some 1,700 exhibitors occupying 5,000 booths. Firms including Intel, Microsoft, Acer, Asustek Computer, Gigabyte, Corning,...
New-generation iPad to enter volume production in July-August
Jun 3, 19:20
Volume production of a new-generation 9.7-inch iPad will begin in July-August with shipments in the third quarter estimated at five million units. Meanwhile, a second-generation iPad mini may see its volume production postponed from September to November, according to Taiwan-based supply chain maker...
Apple, Samsung, Microsoft to show new products after Computex 2013
Jun 3, 16:49
June has become a popular month for IT players to release their new products. Intel's Haswell-based processors as well as new tablets from Asustek Computer and Acer are all set to show up at the Computex 2013 from June 4-8, while Apple, Samsung and Microsoft are expected to showcase their latest innovations...